Meaningful conversation is one of the most invigorating experiences I have. Making a connection, establishing rapport, and exchanging information is not just fun and interesting for me - it also serves a useful purpose. It gives me the opportunity to learn about myself. Learning through teaching as I like to call it.
The people I talk to consider me a teacher, a coach, someone who offers them perspective. But the reality is I probably learn more from them than the other way around. I can usually identify a lot of myself in the stories they tell and the experiences they share. The "whos" "whys" and "whats" of my own life come into focus and I find deeper understanding. Conversation nurtures me and I grow.
When you listen, you're open and you're not afraid to be wrong, one of the things that happens is you end up challenging your own beliefs and assumptions about things. Maybe you know yourself pretty well and you know who you are, but if you're smart, you also recognize you can know a lot more.
If it is true that self knowledge is the beginning of wisdom -- Then insight is the beginning of self knowledge. For me, the more I know, the better I will be. The better I will be the the more I can do, and the further I will go.